Nipah fear grips family after dead bat found on courtyard; Vet doctor ends fear
Palluruthy (Ernakulam): A bat that fell dead on the courtyard of a house troubled a family and neighbours for hours. The bat was spotted on the compound of Palluruthy Kattathara native Jay Singh’s house.
As bats are said to be the source of Nipah virus, the family immediately informed health department authorities and social workers. The health department directed them to inform the local health centre and the family contacted the health wing of the Kochi corporation.
Health inspector Rabeesh and team arrived at the place and buried the bat on the compound. However, the family was still worried if burying the bat on the courtyard can cause any trouble.
Soon the social workers arrived at the scene and tried to contact the heath standing committee chairman of the corporation but in vain. When they called the office of the health minister, they were directed to contact the DMO.
The District Medical Officer directed that they have to inform the Nipah special wing before burying the bat. After a few hours, DMO contacted the family again and asked to inform the veterinary doctor.
When the veterinary doctor in Palluruthy was contacted, he made it clear that bats do not die of Nipah virus and that they need not worry over the dead bat. The family was relieved only after the doctor confirmed that there is no need to examine the dead bat.